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4 Reasons to Join the Microsoft Educator Community

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 10:25 PM

 

Be a Part of Something Big-4 Reasons to Join the Microsoft Educator Community

You visited us at the Microsoft Educator Network and we want to invite you to come join us over at our new home, the Microsoft Educator Community. Join a global community of educators and gain access to free professional development, lesson plans, discussion groups, digital badges and more. Educators keep coming back to this ever-growing community. Whether it’s to learn tricks for using OneNote in the Classroom, or to participate in Skype in the Classroom activities, there is something for every educator.

We invite you to join the Microsoft Educator Community and begin your journey to becoming a Microsoft Innovative Educator and join a global movement to engage learners with cutting edge strategies.


1. Engage learners with Skype in the Classroom

Skype in the Classroom is an online community that enables thousands of teachers to inspire the next generation of global citizens through transformative learning over Skype. Play Mystery Skype, take a virtual field trip or connect with a guest speaker – we have lots to choose from, including events like Skype-a-Thon.

On November 29th and 30th, Microsoft is hosting a Global Education Skype-a-Thon. Over the 48 hours, classrooms will connect to other classrooms and guest speakers around the world using Skype and contribute to help reach the goal of three million virtual miles travelled.

Need Help?

Take a look at the Sway which shares the excitement from last year and ideas to get you started. Contact the Skype-a-Thon team for more information at Skypeathon@microsoft.com.


2. Get a dose of inspiration with a quick tip video

These short, handy videos are designed to show you ways to save time and teach more efficiently with technology. From how to create infographics with PowerPoint to the Basics of Windows 10, take a few minutes to get a major boost in productivity for the months ahead!


3. In-depth training courses

Serious professional development awaits you on the Microsoft Educator Community. From Microsoft in the Classroom to the new and updated 21st Century Learning Design (21CLD), those looking for professional development have come to the right place. While some courses focus on how to use tools like OneNote, Sway, and Office Mix, others are more pedagogy based and designed to teach you how to integrate technology into your instruction.


4. Connect and share with other educators

Connect with others around the world or in your own backyard. Browse our communities and engage with educators and experts of all types. Share your knowledge, find answers, and grow with our network of educators. Find hundreds of educators from around the world on a wide variety of subjects


5. (We are too excited to stop at 4 reasons to join!)

There are way too many great resources in the Microsoft Educator Community to stop at four reasons. You can publish lesson plans, attend webinars, learn new technologies and so much more!

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